But Poison singer’s life didn’t flash when haemorrhage hit – and he admits he went back to work too soon

Bret Michaels

Dead alert: Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels admits he knew he was dying when he was suddenly struck by a brain haemorrhage last year – but he says his life didn’t flash before his eyes.

And he admits he didn’t allow himself enough time to recover from the near-fatal trauma, because he was determined to appear on the live final of TV gameshow Celebrity Apprentice.

The Poison singer was recovering at home from emergency appendix surgery when the haemorrhage hit.

Michaels singer tells ABC News: “My brain blew up inside my head. I told my girlfriend Kristi: ‘I don’t know what the fuck is going on with me right now – but I’m dying.’

“People say your life flashes in front of you. It didn’t. What happened to me is I got sad. It was my kids – that’s what I thought about most.”

Despite suffering a minor stroke and spending three days in a coma, Michaels was determined to appear on the end-of-season reality show episode, which stars Donald Trump in the “hired and fired” role – and was there to be told he’d won the game.

The singer says: “There’s no doubt going to the finale was not the smartest thing I’ve ever done. But the way I heal is getting right back up on the horse and riding again.”

Poison are about to begin a summer tour with Motley Crue and the New York Dolls. He and Crue mainman Nikki Sixx have been exchanging insults in the press ahead of the event.

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